Maccabi Team Atlanta tryouts HAVE ALREADY STARTED. It’s not too late! Tryouts are still ongoing. Soccer tryouts start tomorrow. If you still need some encouragement, Check out these Jewish athletes that made it BIG.

Jose Pekerman is the coach of the Colombian National Team, which has seen its level of play surge over the past decade. The grandson of Ukrainian immigrants, Pekerman started his soccer career as a kid at the local Maccabi Jewish youth club in Entre Rios, a province north of Buenos Aires. At one point he lived in Villa Crespo, a Jewish neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

He played professionally for seven years, but his career as a coach has been far greater. From 2004 to 2006, he guided the Argentina squad, a perennial powerhouse. He was the coach who called up a young Lionel Messi to his first World Cup. Pekerman in 2012 was tapped to lead the Colombian National Team. Before the 2014 World Cup, Colombia had not qualified for the tournament since 1998, but reached the quarterfinals under its new coach. Pekerman, who received Colombian citizenship after the team qualified in 2014, said helping Colombia return to the World Cup was “one of the greatest joys in his life.”

Yael Averbuch is a Jewish-American soccer player currently playing for the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, and previously played for the US Women’s National Team. During her career as a center midfielder at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Averbuch set a record by starting 105 consecutive games. She also was a two-time Captain, as well as being selected first-team All-Performer. Averbuch was named national player of the year by both Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer. Averbuch was selected in the first round of the 2009 WPS Draft (4th overall) by her home state team, Sky Blue FC. In 2007, she was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

 

If you want to start your path to becoming the next Jose Pekerman or Yael Averbuch, try out for the Maccabi Atlanta Soccer Team! The schedule is listed below.

Boys 14U Soccer

1st tryout: Dec. 12 | 5-7pm | Fields 1 & 2

2nd tryout: Dec. 16 | 2-3:30pm | Fields 1 & 2

Boys 16U Soccer

1st tryout: Dec. 12 | 5-7pm | Fields 1&2

2nd tryout: Dec. 16 | 3:30-5pm | Fields 1&2

Girls 16U Soccer (12-16 years old)

1st tryout: Dec. 12 | 7-9pm | Fields 1 &2

2nd tryout: Dec. 16 | 12:30-2pm | Fields 1&2